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Introduction to Vietnam with Mekong Delta

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PRIVATE TOUR - 8 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$2242+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Get a rich introduction to Vietnam’s culture and history
  • Early morning cruise with a private guide to Cai Rang
  • Take an extended trip to the Mekong Delta – the “country’s rice bowl”
  • Explore the charming lakeside city of Hanoi
  • Travel through the bustling markets of Saigon to the south
  • Take in the sights of many ancient temples
  • Wade through the azure waters of Halong Bay
  • Journey through the rustic and charming port of Hoi An
  • Visit the impressive Thien Hau Temple, dedicated to the goddess of the seas
  • Visit the ancient temples and mausoleums of Hue
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Tour Overview

Visit Vietnam’s two biggest cities, Hanoi and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) for an introduction to the country’s rich history and culture, followed by an extended trip to the famed Mekong Delta. The “rice bowl” of Vietnam, the Delta promises adventure when exploring its winding canals and floating fishing villages that stretch up to the Cambodian border.

Beginning in Hanoi, a charming lakeside city with many tree lined streets, will introduce you to the pride and heritage of Vietnam. With colonial French influences, numerous museums, and monuments to Ho Chi Minh and an Ancient Quarter that maintains its traditional atmosphere, Hanoi provides a great entry point for travelers.

In the south of Vietnam, Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh City, will provide a much different urban experience. A tour through the city will bring you to some fascinating markets and must see sites like the Presidential Palace. Enjoy a day out of the city as you explore the impressive networks of the Cu Chi Tunnels, which were used by the Vietnamese during the French and American conflicts.

Finally, a trip to the Mekong Delta will expose you to the flurry of activity and commerce occurring on and along its waters. Traveling up river you’ll experience seemingly endless rice fields, colorful floating markets and isolated villages accessed only by boat. Annexed from Cambodia by the invading Vietnamese in the 17th Century, the Delta remains home to descendants of the former Khmer Empire. The region is scattered with a working collection of temples and resident Buddhists that continue to use the Khmer language as their mother tongue.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
One way domestic airfare from Hanoi to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Hotel accommodation including continental or buffet breakfast, Private transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling, Private guided tours in English including all entrance fees, Meals where specified (food only), Bottled water and cool towels provided for transfers and sightseeing, Vietnam government tax and service charge, Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included in the quote (if airfare has been included in the quote)

Notes:
* Additional supplements may apply between 19 December – 8 January.

* Additional supplements may apply during the weeks immediately preceding and following the Lunar (Chinese) New Year. The dates vary each year, but fall sometime between January 21st and February 20th:
2016 – Monday, February 8th
2017 – Saturday, January 28th
2018 – Friday, February 16th
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Pricing Details
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Double £$1905 £$2242 £$2892 £$3921
Single £$3267 £$3949 £$5249 £$7307

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International Flight to Hanoi

Overnight international flight to Hanoi.

Overnight international flight to Hanoi.

Day
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Arrival in Hanoi

Upon arrival in Hanoi, meet with a Yampu representative and transferred to the hotel for check in. Depending on arrival time, spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Upon arrival in Hanoi, meet with a Yampu representative and transferred to the hotel for check in. Depending on arrival time, spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

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City tour of Hanoi

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Morning tour of the Ho Chi Minh Complex with a private guide. Visit Ba Dinh Square, where silent sentries guard the marble and granite mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh lies in state. See the simple cottage where Uncle Ho lived and worked and visit the nearby Ho Chi Minh Museum - an extraordinary tribute to the life of the "father of the country." Carry on to the Governor's Residence, a fine example of Hanoi's French architecture, followed by a stop at the One Pillar Pagoda to hear the legend of its construction.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant followed by a private afternoon tour of the Hanoi City highlights. Marvel at the tree lined streets on the way to the Opera house and pass by Hoan Kiem Lake en route to one of the city's fascinating museums: The Museum of History of Vietnamese Military, Vietnam History Museum, or Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. Continue to the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, for a quick escape from the busy streets. Afterwards, enjoy a private guided walking tour of the Ancient Quarter, also known as the 36 Streets District, a nice mix of ancient homes, temples and small shops can be found.

Note: The Ho Chi Minh Museum is closed for maintenance on Mondays and Fridays from September to November annually.
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Pagodas of Hanoi

Take a morning excursion outside of Hanoi to the surrounding countryside with a private guide. Rich in Buddhism, the north of Vietnam is home to the country's most colorful and revered pagodas and temples. The Thay Pagoda (Master's Pagoda) is located 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Hanoi. While a temple is a place to worship the dead, a pagoda is a place to worship the Lord Buddha. Thay Pagoda is widely known for its finely carved lacquer and gold statues of Buddha in his past and present form, and its colourful Buddhist ceremonies performed here during auspicious dates of the Lunar calendar.

Only 6 kilometers (4 miles) away lies Tay Phuong Pagoda, situated at the top of a small hillock. Built in 1794, the pagoda is famous for its vast display of finely carved wooden statues of former monks from the 18th Century. Afterwards, return to Hanoi to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Lunch is included today.
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Hanoi – Saigon

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Morning transfer to the Hanoi airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. After check-in, an afternoon tour of China Town with a private guide. Cholon, which literally translates to "big market", is the focus of the Chinese community in Saigon. See the former Presidential Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Saigon Post Office on the way to visit the impressive Thien Hau Temple. The temple is dedicated to the goddess of the seas, who is said to protect fishermen and sailors. Here, huge coils of incense hang from the ornate ceiling, and can burn for up to three months at a time. Visit Binh Tay Market and the surrounding area, which bustles with trading activity, before returning to the hotel. ...read less

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City tour of Saigon

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Morning city tour with a private guide. In this essential highlight tour, visit the former Presidential Palace, which is now preserved as a museum, including the underground communications bunkers, headquarters for the Saigon Government during the American War. Continue to the History Museum, which houses an excellent display tracing the origins of the indigenous Vietnamese. Take the opportunity to see a delightful performance of Water Puppetry in the grounds. Visit the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, an impressive neo-Romanesque cathedral in the center of city, the "wedding cake" styled Hotel De Ville, and Dong Khoi street, formerly the center of haute couture in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) when it was known as Rue Catinat.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant followed by a privately guided half day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels. This vast underground network of tunnels was first built as a defense against the French, and later expanded during the American War. It was from here that the North Vietnamese waged their guerrilla warfare. Marvel at their ingenuity and resilience, and see secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms.

The more adventurous travelers may explore the deeper second, and even third level tunnels. For those preferring to remain above ground, there is ample opportunity to view excavated areas from above. The guide will advise guests of the length and level of difficulty of each tunnel before entering. Some are easily accessed by stairs. Yampu recommends good walking shoes and sun protection for this tour and advise there will be more than a little mud! Return to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in the late afternoon and enjoy the evening at leisure.
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Saigon – Can Tho

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Transfer approximately 3 hours in a private vehicle to the Mekong River town of Cai Be. Board a motorized sampan for an introduction to life on the river with a private guide. Cai Be is known for its large floating market, where displays of food are hung from the bamboo poles over the host boat in order to attract customers.

From here, the journey continues across the upper reach of the river to a maze of tributaries and fruit plantations. Barges ply the route, overloaded with rice husks used as fuel for the region's numerous brick kilns. Depending on the season, a sample of local tropical fruit will be served with lunch in a local farmer's home before returning to the boat for the leisurely cruise to Vinh Long. From here, drive and ferry to the Delta's economic hub city of Can Tho. Check into the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
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Tour of Cai Rang

Early morning cruise with a private guide to Cai Rang, which is a bustling market town. Enjoy a sampan ride through the colorful congestion of women and children jostling for space and vying to sell their goods. Return to Can Tho town to visit their museum and a Khmer pagoda in Can Tho City. After lunch at a local restaurant, depart the town for a visit to the Bang Lang Stork Garden and the Binh Thuy Ancient House. Return to the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Early morning cruise with a private guide to Cai Rang, which is a bustling market town. Enjoy a sampan ride through the colorful congestion of women and children jostling for space and vying to sell their goods. Return to Can Tho town to visit their museum and a Khmer pagoda in Can Tho City. After lunch at a local restaurant, depart the town for a visit to the Bang Lang Stork Garden and the Binh Thuy Ancient House. Return to the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

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Can Tho – Chau Doc

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Private morning transfer to Chau Doc near the Cambodian border. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant en route and in the afternoon visit Sam Mountain, a popular pilgrimage center for many Vietnamese and home to a collection of ornate and colorful temples and pagodas. Climb or drive to the top of the hill for an unparalleled 360-degree vista of nearby Cambodia.

The Mekong River at this point is decorated with hundreds of floating homes, each a self contained farm where local families raise and sell fish to passing boats. With the private guide, there will be an opportunity to visit some of them before returning to the hotel in Chau Doc for the evening.
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International flight Home

Private transfer back to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) for a flight home or an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Private transfer back to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) for a flight home or an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Saigon, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Can Tho, Vietnam

Chau Doc, Quốc lộ 30, tp. Cao Lãnh, Vietnam

Places You'll See

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    Hanoi

    Meaning “embraced by the river”, Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam. Visit the many temples and parks of this beautiful city, such as the Temple of Literature or Hoan Kiem Lake Park. Visit the Army Museum and hear retellings of many battles fought throughout the country’s history. Take the little ones to the Ha Noi circus for some family fun.

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    Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

    The metropolitan Ho Chi Minh City is always bustling with activity, and full of historical attractions. Visit the beautiful French-built Catholic Notre Dame Cathedral in the city center. For a look at the Vietnam War through the eyes of the Vietnamese, take a tour of the War Remnants Museum. And for unbelievable views of the city, visit the Saigon Skydeck in the Bitexco Financial Tower.

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    Can Tho

    When the sun goes down, the riverside city of Can Tho comes alive. Take a boat through the city canals to purchase locally made goods and souvenirs at the floating markets. Play a game of billiards with the locals, or relax at the riverside park on Hai Ba Trung Street. Visit the Quang Duc Pagoda, one of the most active Buddhist temples with monks living onsite.

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    Chau Doc

    Learn the art of haggling at the colorful markets of Chau Doc. Visit the Hang Pagoda, an official historic monument of Vietnam. Take a stroll along the charming riverside, and engage in conversation with some of the young locals. Relax with a traditional suction cup massage, or enjoy the quiet of a local coffee shop.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Hanoi : Church Boutique Hotel Hang Gai

Hanoi : La Belle Vie Hotel

Hanoi : Golden Silk Boutique Hotel

Hanoi : Skylark Hotel

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) : Aquari Hotel

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) : Asian Ruby Luxury Hotel

Can Tho : Nam Bo Boutique Hotel

Chau Doc : Victoria Nui Sam Lodge

4 Star Properties

Hanoi : Silk Path Hotel

Hanoi : Sunway Hotel

Hanoi : Mercure Hanoi La Gare

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) : Liberty Central Riverside Hotel

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) : Hotel Majestic Saigon

Can Tho : Victoria Can Tho Hotel

Chau Doc : Victoria Chau Doc Hotel (Superior)

5 Star Properties

Hanoi : Hotel De L’Opera

Hanoi : Melia Hotel

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) : InterContinental Asiana Saigon

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) : Caravelle Hotel

Can Tho : Victoria Can Tho Hotel (Suite)

Chau Doc : Victoria Chau Doc Hotel (Suite)

Luxury Properties

Hanoi : Sofitel Legend Metropole

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) : Park Hyatt Hotel

Testimonials

Jeff N.

Traveled June, 2014

Everything met, or exceeded our expectations!

We did not know what to expect with our trip to Vietnam, but everything met, or exceeded our expectations! The guides were both excellent, and added their own local perspective to the areas we explored. All of the included meals were excellent, and exceeded our expectations!

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Traveled October, 2014

So overall great trip and MERCI BEAUCOUP

My congratulations on the organization, very balanced and diverse.Very nice choice of hotels. Guides all very different but very nice, particularly Sinat in Siem Reap. Great boat and team in Ha Long. So overall great trip and MERCI BEAUCOUP!!!!

Gunnar

Traveled December, 2015

We had a wonderful trip to Vietnam

We had a wonderful trip to Vietnam.The guides both in Hanoi and Saigon were very nice and helpful and made the trip very successful. The wonderful sights in Hanoi, Halong Bay, Cu Chi Tunnel and all the museums was very interesting. The relax days at Phu Quoc was beautiful. Once again you and Yampu made our holiday a great experience with a lot of good memories.

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